This virtual seminar series focuses on technical topics related to terrorism risk assessment, modelling and mitigation.
The emphasis of the seminar series is on technical (STEM-related) aspects of this area, rather than social or political topics. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
- blast modelling and response;
- vehicles as weapons;
- big data for risk assessment, security and screening;
- mitigation measures.
Specific examples of topics included in the series range from single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) analysis methods for blast response to modelling the use of vehicles as weapons via vehicle-dynamics models.
Participants in the series come from various academic, research and industrial organisations, including several universities and world-wide industry partners. The focus of the seminar series is in technical, STEM-related areas of counterterrorism research, but participants may have relevant expertise in a wide variety of subject areas, ranging from engineering to insurance.
Seminars have no security classification and are open to guests from bona fide organisations; we encourage external guests with appropriate affiliations to attend.
The series is currently held in a virtual format. Face-to-face or hybrid formats may be considered in the future.
Behaviour of timber elements and connections subjected to blast loading (Prof Ghasan Doudak and Dr Christian Viau) - 20 April 2023
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Home-Made Explosives (HME): How to understand the threats and model the risk? (Lt Col Francis Halleux, Cranfield University) – 20 March 2023
Leakage of Blast into Structures - Are We Overestimating the Risk? (Alex Eytan, Cranfield University) – 22 February 2023
Computational approaches to genetic engineering attribution – 18 January 2023
Viper::Blast - an introduction to modern blast CFD – 8 December 2022
Towards trustworthy machine learning methods –11 November 2022
Accurate, fast and simplistic predictions of blast loads on buildings – 17 October 2022
CRIM-TRACK - portable sniffer for the detection of illicit chemicals – 1 September 2022
Development of quick-running methods for predicting blast loading in complex environments – 11 July 2022
Reasons that historical data underestimates the CBRN threat and what to do about it – 16 June 2022
Crossbows - an emerging threat? – 9 May 2022
Development of the Pitagone F11 rapid deployment system – 11 April 2022
Terrorism risk models in the insurance sector – 3 March 2022
SDOF analysis methods for blast response – 8 February 2022
Automated hostile vehicle vector analysis – 18 January 2022
Mailing list participants can request access to recordings of past seminars by emailing TRAMMSS@cranfield.ac.uk. To register for the mailing list, please complete and submit the online form.
Chair, Dr Shaun Forth
Secretary, Dr Stephanie Burrows
Impact, Dr Rachael Hazael
CBRN, Dr Matthew Healy
Risk and Resilience, Professor Andrew Silke
Big Data, Dr Adam Zagorecki
Vehicles, Ajay Kumar